Reading the Relationship of Nationalism and Militarism with Gender in Nefes


This study focuses on the representation of womanhood and manhood in Nefes: Vatan Sağolsun in light of theoretical approaches to the interrelation between nationalism, militarism, and dominant gender roles. The main question of the study is whether the nationalist-militarist narrative of the film makes use of and reproduces dominant womanhood/manhood categories. The study shows that while the film’s narrative reproduces the dominant womanhood categories, it tears down the hegemonic manhood categories, and that is what differentiates it from conservative nationalist-militarist films. The meaning of this “deviation” is evaluated regarding the possible cyclical grounds in which the film was produced.